The Modern Watchmaker
Ever since Raul was a young boy he has been fascinated by craftsmanship. By the skill, the knowledge, the patience and the tradition that goes into certain trades. As he grew older, he also found himself attracted to aesthetics. Not just how something was made, but how it looked, how it felt, the design and thought that went into making certain products. When he was around 15 years old, one of his brother’s friends invited him to join a course on watchmaking. He promptly agreed and quickly found himself utterly enamoured with the art of watchmaking.
For seven years, Raul attended the prestigious watchmaking school of Le Locle. First, a four year course to become a qualified watchmaker, then another two years to learn watch restoration followed by one further year to learn horological construction. He then started restorations, working on vintage watches, clocks and automata. A singing bird pistol, complicated automaton watches and Fabergé eggs were all amongst the pieces that passed through his workshop.
Restoration work is incredibly gratifying, but Raul always knew that at some point he wanted to work on his very own masterpiece.
His first foray into independent work was an intricate Tortoise automaton, made from 18 carat gold, diamonds and sapphires. The time he spent researching, engineering and making the Tortoise fuelled his love for the craft, and it wasn’t long before he starting dreaming of the next step – creating his own watch.
The craft of watchmaking is dying out. We live in a society based on speed and convenience in which it would take you less time to print a wristwatch than it would for him to make a single cog. But that’s precisely why he does this. He does this for the art. For the passion, the patience, and the precision that goes into every handmade watch. Into every screw, every cog and every hand that he designs, makes, polishes, and places by hand.
Soberly Onyx is not just a watch. It’s a labour of love.